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19 Celebrity Reflection Greece Cruise Reviews

This was a 10 night Italy and Greek Isles cruise. Let me first say, our suite was amazing. We were on Deck 10 (Room 1122) conveniently located near the elevators just outside the library. The suite was spacious and comfortable and ... Read More
This was a 10 night Italy and Greek Isles cruise. Let me first say, our suite was amazing. We were on Deck 10 (Room 1122) conveniently located near the elevators just outside the library. The suite was spacious and comfortable and soundproof when we were in the room. Our deck was large with a table, chairs and a chaise lounge and we used it as often as we could. Our Butler Nikola was the a wonderful young man who was there to please. I can't say enough nice things about him. He was responsive to all of our needs, professional, competent, and genuine. He went out of his way to make sure we had what we needed. Thank you Nikola. I'm sorry we didn't get to see you before we disembarked. Our first stop on our cruise was Sicily (Messina) Italy. We signed up for the bike ride down Mt Etna. We didn't find out until we returned to our room after dinner that our excursion had been canceled. It was the one excursion we were really looking forward to, but apparently there weren't enough people signed up for it. We ran into another couple who had also signed up for it and they told us when they booked it, they were told it was almost sold out. Not sure what happened here, but it was a disappointing start to the cruise. Our next stop was Mykonos. We signed up for the excursion to Delos. We enjoyed walking around the ruins and the museum and our tour guide was very good. After the tour, the ferry let us out at Mykonos and we were able to explore the area. We had lunch and walked around the shops. The streets are like a maze and was nice enough. One of our favorite stops was Ephesus (Kusadasi) Turkey. We decided on the Turkish Vineyard Experience for our excursion here and we were happy we did. The drive alone to the winery was worth it to see the countryside and the winery and the wines were just perfect. It was a relaxing and enjoyable excursion. Then we were taken to a rug maker. We loved the demonstration of the rug making and were blown away by the silk worm demonstration. The rugs were absolutely beautiful and two couples purchased rugs, but there was never any pressure to buy one. I highly recommend this excursion! Rhodes Greece was okay. I didn't plan an excursion for this day, so we just walked into the old walled city which is very touristy. We had lunch here and it was good. We bought a few souvenirs and then returned to the ship. Santorini, Greece was absolutely wonderful. On this excursion we took a bus ride to Oia and then stopped at a winery. We loved Oia, and had our favorite meal of the trip here. The winery didn't come close to the one in Turkey, so don't expect much except the view from there is spectacular. Athens, Greece. We discovered the hop on hop off bus here and that ended up being the perfect way for us to see the Acropolis. It was breathtaking to see. We were blown away by the traffic there though, so be prepared for that. Naples Italy. Here, we walked around Naples in the morning on our own and grabbed a slice of pizza...it was the best pizza I have ever tasted! It was Sunday, so not a lot was open, but there was a place right outside the pier that we ate at and it was delicious! In the afternoon, we went on a Naples City Sights tour and I feel like we saw every inch we could by bus. We stopped at a cafe and had a gelato that was very good as well. I would have given this cruise a 5, but I was disappointed by the canceled excursion in Sicily and one night when we were in our suite watching the celebrity channel on excursions we saw an excursion from Naples to Ischia. When I asked about it no one seemed to know anything about it. Not sure why they advertise it if it is not available. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Two couples we know recommended Celebrity, so being our 35th Wedding Anniversary we decided to go on our first cruise ever in September 2016 to the Greek islands. So glad we chose Celebrity. From the moment we boarded,it was a fabulous ... Read More
Two couples we know recommended Celebrity, so being our 35th Wedding Anniversary we decided to go on our first cruise ever in September 2016 to the Greek islands. So glad we chose Celebrity. From the moment we boarded,it was a fabulous experience. The man selling drink packages as we boarded, turned out to be the bartender at the World Class bar named Lazar. Three days in to our cruise, Lazar saw my husband and said "hi Eric, where is your wife, Carmen?" He actually remembered our names, unbelievable! The staff were very attentive. They surprised us with a Happy Anniversary poster on our stateroom door, a bottle of champagne, and a cake after our wonderful dinner at the "Murano" restaurant. Every restaurant even the buffet was excellent. Our favourite was the Murano, the lobster flambé was to die for! The waiters and maitre d were all very attentive and professional. At every restaurant, the Maitre d would advise me about Gluten free options without me having to ask. The Crew was available during the evening to say hello to. We were invited onto the front deck for a gathering which was nice, and at that time, the officer in charge arranged a tour of the ship and kitchen which we enjoyed very much. Our stateroom attendant, Klyne, made sure we had everything we needed. Every day at 4:30 we would have our gluten free appetizers on our balcony. He kept our room spotless. We opted for the Aqua class which gave us access to the Blu Restaurant and Persian Garden Spa. I treated myself to a most wonderful facial. So relaxing. If you are in to fitness and the gym, Reflection has a terrific trainer, Alex. Wish he lived close to us in Canada. We would inspire me to get into shape. The evening entertainment hosted by Martin, was always fun. He certainly keeps you entertained with his jokes. Liam also a host of entertainment, was great fun too. Loved the Abba night. Every night there was activity and shows. Lots of fun. We did our own excursions, so I cannot comment on celebrity's trips, but we were always met with ice cold towels and fruit infused water on our arrival to the ship. I don't know if other cruise lines do that, but this was a nice treat after a hot day. All in all we highly recommend Celebrity, Reflection. The ship is beautiful, and the staff/crew treat you like a "celebrity". Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a wonderful cruise! This was our second cruise aboard Reflection and we have previously sailed on Solstice so we are very familiar with the boat. We chose the Celebrity transportation pkg to get from the Rome airport to the ship ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise! This was our second cruise aboard Reflection and we have previously sailed on Solstice so we are very familiar with the boat. We chose the Celebrity transportation pkg to get from the Rome airport to the ship and back at the end. It was expensive but worth it. We tried Aqua class for the first time and won't bother again. The only advantage was eating in BLU and it wasn't that great. We are not much for things like Duck and their standby steak was over cooked and tough. First stop was Santorini, Greece. Did the ship's tour, wine tasting and to see the whole island. Cost $89 each but it was the only way to go. Then to Athens where we joined a group in the parking lot for a bus tour at $25 each (much less than the ship's offer) had a great tour and saw everything. We learned about this tour when we got off the cable car in Santorini as a young woman was handing out brochures. We were quite satisfied. We didn't go ashore on day 2 as we saw it all. Next day it was on to Mykonos where we just did our own thing, walked around it's small island and we had a good day. Day 6 in Kusadasi Turkey. Got off the ship and hired a private taxi for 60 Euros and he took us to all the sites. It was a good deal because it rained all day and we could view a lot of things from the taxi without getting wet as happened to those on the tour buses. Next was Bodrum, again we self toured and it was a lot of walking but we were impressed with the cleanliness and all the retail. Great place to buy imitation hand bags and watches. On to Crete, our favorite stop. Small island so we were able to walk from the ship to the downtown area. Enjoyed the day walking around the harbor and the fort. The last stop was Naples. We loved the Amalfi Coast in 2011 and we were happy to see it again. We e-mailed ahead to our previous tour guide Giuseppe (demurogiuseppe@ibero.it.) He met us at the ship where we chose a few others to join us in his nephews 8 passenger Taxi for a ride to Sorentino and lunch at a fabulous family restaurant in the hills overlooking the Med. All in all it was a great time followed by a long trip home. Only complaint was the entertainment on the ship was not up to par but that's OK just hang at the Martini Bar and say hi to Airies. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our third time sailing with Celebrity but have sailed on other lines. Both my husband and I loved this cruise and the ship. We stayed in Rome three nights before embarking in Civitavecchia. We opted to take the airport bus ... Read More
This was our third time sailing with Celebrity but have sailed on other lines. Both my husband and I loved this cruise and the ship. We stayed in Rome three nights before embarking in Civitavecchia. We opted to take the airport bus from FCO to Termini train station. It was a mob scene to load our own luggage and board the bus--never again. This was our third time in Rome and it was great to see again. We stayed at the Hotel Opera Roma which was about 7 minutes walk from the Termini train station. The area was great for walking to most sights in the city. We took the train to the cruise port and then shared a cab to the cruise port entrance. The cab driver dropped us off in front of the ship. Embarkation was easy and we ate lunch in the Oceanview Café. At about 1 pm our rooms were ready. We were thrilled with our inside cabin(8148 Vista deck), much larger than we have had on either Princess or Holland America. Our cabin stewards were always friendly and both did a great job. We ate most meals at the Oceanview Café, breakfast and lunch were the best meals, had cheeseburgers at the Mast Grill, also good. We had the traditional 6 pm dining in the Opus dining room-meals were good and the service was great. We ate dinner in the Opus about 7 times during the cruise but did not visit any of the other dining venues. My husband and I only drink the occasional beer and soda pop so we did not opt for any of the drinks packages. We tend to pick cruises that are itinerary intense and have very few sea days - we usually just veg out on sea days so we don't really participate in the shipboard activities except for the enrichment talks, enjoying the music in the atrium. We also enjoyed watching the on demand movies in our cabin - we thought this was a great way to relax at the end of our day. We booked three shore excursions with Celebrity- 1. Santorini - Oia and Fira with a wine tasting - I loved Santorini and this excursion was great as was the wine. 2. Oracle of Delphi with lunch. This spot was located about 2 hours from Athens. This was interesting but really enjoyed the museum where all artifacts were on display. Lunch consisted of Greek dishes and was quite good. 3. Ephesus - 1/2 day. We enjoyed Ephesus very much but was glad to be back on the ship. We had an overnight in Athens, which I wasn't too happy about when we booked this cruise. We booked the hop on hop off bus(our first time doing this) on the second day and this actually turned out to be a really great day, but unfortunately, not enough time to see everything. This leaves us something for the next trip. The hop on hop off bus stops outside the ship's terminal building. What a great way to see a city! Mykonos was a great island to visit, we opted to walk around ourselves. I wanted to see the windmills so after asking for directions four times, we found the windmills. We then wandered around for a few hours. If the street (alleys?) names were posted anywhere we could not find them. Bodrum - we visited the castle and did a bit of shopping. Crete - we took the bus from the port to Chania. Walked through the marketplace and around the old port. Naples - we'd been there before so we just walked around and then headed back to the ship for lunch We chose the Celebrity transfer from the ship to the airport. Disembarkation was easy and efficient. Our bags were taken during the evening. After breakfast we went to the assigned lounge for disembarkation. Bags were easy to find. We had a great cruise, some things we would do differently, but we loved the cruise and this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We sailed on the Celebrity Reflection in October 2014. It was an amazing cruise. We had Select Dining and ate in the Main Dining Room every night..sometimes we shared a table and other times we ate by ourselves. It was a nice balance for ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Reflection in October 2014. It was an amazing cruise. We had Select Dining and ate in the Main Dining Room every night..sometimes we shared a table and other times we ate by ourselves. It was a nice balance for us. We did not pay any extra for the specialty restaurants...we felt the food in the MDR was excellent and there was no need to go anywhere else. You always had a choice on the menu..the right side of the menu changed every night and the left side stayed the same. So you always had a choice from at least 6 appetizers, entrees and desserts..even vegetarian dishes for those who wanted it! We only experienced slow service one night..and that was because we had been in port all day and everyone seemed to be eating at the same time as us. Other than that, service was always impeccable and prompt. We received the Classic Beverage Package as part of the 123Go promotion, and it was great! The choices of wine were great and my husband was pleased he could drink Heineken beer. Around the pool we drank a cold beer and I tried some speciality drinks which were included in our drink package ($8). We saw no need to upgrade to the Premium package as we don't drink martinis, and any speciality teas and coffees we wanted were included in the Classic package. The rest of the time we ate in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) which always had an amazing selection of salads, fresh fruits, hot meals both for breakfast and lunch. The personalized egg stations are great..you can get omelettes, poached, fried, scrambled eggs with your choice of toppings. Entertainment was great on board. We sat in several lounges for pre/after dinner drinks and listened to great singers. The shows were entertaining..we especially enjoyed the Salute to Broadway, the Irish star of London's West End and the juggler..very funny! We took the ship sponsored shore excursions at most of the ports of call. In Santorini we took an excursion mainly because we wanted to get to Oia, and be first off the ship and not have to stand in a huge line to get up the cliff by cable car. We were not prepared to either walk up or take a donkey! This excursion tendered us to waiting buses which drove us up the cliff and straight to Oia before it got too crowded! The 1/2 day tour ended in Fira which was perfect and you had free time to look around and make your way back to the cable cars whenever you were ready. We felt all tours including Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens and Leisurely Sorrento booked through Celebrity were worth it. You were always first off the ship when you wanted to maximize every second in these amazing ports, and the guides were always interesting, well educated and maximized your time in every place. I know some people complain about the obligatory "carpet demos", but we could have certainly left if we did not want to stay. We sat through the first one in Istanbul (which I found quite interesting), but in Ephesus, we politely ducked out and it was not a problem at all. We were told by our travel agent to book shore excursions from home, but this did not appear to be really necessary. As long as you book in the first couple of days aboard, you should get a spot. Celebrity's website for viewing shore excursions is not very good, better to wait to see the list from the ship as there are many more options available to you not listed on the website. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Ship: exquisite, beyond beautiful. Food: More than you will ever need, quite excellent mostly, some disappointments. Main dining was so good that we skipped the specialty restaurants, except when offered a 50% discount on the first ... Read More
Ship: exquisite, beyond beautiful. Food: More than you will ever need, quite excellent mostly, some disappointments. Main dining was so good that we skipped the specialty restaurants, except when offered a 50% discount on the first evening for Tuscan. Tuscan food was excellent also, not enough to compel us to eat there again. Service: Top Notch, everywhere, all the time. Celebrity deserves great credit for properly staffing and training their many employees, while allowing personalities to be part of the charm. Drinks: Watered down, the usual fare these days Embarkation: 10+, A++++, the best ever!!!! Disembarkation: 10+, A++++, the best ever!!!! Hightlights: Great entertainment in the main lobby most nights, superb singers and bands. Cold towels upon returning to the cruise port on hot days....a very nice touch. Best Sushi of any ship from 5:30-9pm. Real Ice Cream available in the food court on deck 14, in addition to the usual soft serve. Lowlights: Waiters and Main Dining Room staff don't entertain at all, none, zero, zilch. More professional, but none of the fun we have seen on other ships. No horseracing or bingo. No formal Afternoon tea, scones available in the food area on deck 14 as an alternative from 4-5pm. Overall, the negatives are easily overlooked when experiencing all the positives of this beautiful ship, Celebrity has done a great job and it would be very difficult to have a bad experience with this ship.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Having had a wonderful cruise with PandO last year my friend and I decided that this year we would try for the eastern med as I really wanted to see santorini an Mykonos. The celebrity was the only one we could find that went to the ports ... Read More
Having had a wonderful cruise with PandO last year my friend and I decided that this year we would try for the eastern med as I really wanted to see santorini an Mykonos. The celebrity was the only one we could find that went to the ports we wished to visit and at the time of year we wanted. 5 star was also an attraction. From day one and the dreadful flight with Alitalia, to be mentioned elsewhere, I had feelings of doubt. The cabin, or stateroom, as it was called was very ordinary no complimentary tea and coffee as expected on past cruises nor the exceptional body lotions and gels which were part of P and O. Food wise, huge selection but after a few days it was same o same o of the same cuisines. Obviously catered far more for the American population and although the buffet staff were generally friendly there were one or two who looked as if they had been chewing on scanners, been a long year I suppose but they were In the wrong job. Prices of drinks were ridiculous and well over the top, even the Americans were shocked. The shows at the theatre were also a big disappointment, organised at sill times so you either went in before dinner or ate in the buffet to get the later show. Poor presentation and the organisers did not seem able to include everything in one show, it was either a comedian, a singer or dancing. Their dancers were incredible and should have been included every day but although the Beatles were popular I'm afraid been there seen it done it and for me outdated. If I heard the word the wonderful celebrity reflection shouted by the captain once more I was ready to shove the words down his throat. Talk about Ryan air. I must say that if anyone deserved a mention it was the canid staff, they were incredible and all deserved medals, nothing was too much trouble. Will I use celebrity again, never, misnamed ship, yes and I couldn't wait to get home, I already have a cruise booked for next year but NOT with celebrity rip off.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Readers Digest Version:  Just returned from a ten day Eastern Mediteranian Cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Because this was our first cruise we wanted it to be the best experience we could have. We chose Celebrity, and could not have ... Read More
Readers Digest Version:  Just returned from a ten day Eastern Mediteranian Cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Because this was our first cruise we wanted it to be the best experience we could have. We chose Celebrity, and could not have made a better choice. This is a 2 year old ship with top of the line amenities. We choose the concierge class with a balcony. The room was located in the aft section of the ship. The cruise couldn't have been smoother. Our room was nicer and larger than most average hotel rooms in Europe. The cleaning staff were excellent and tended to our every need. Our rooms were turned down twice a day and were left spotless. The crew takes great measures to ensure the most sanitary of conditions. Things are cleaned up immediately and there are staff members stationed throughout the ship to spray sanitize your hands to avoid any spreading of germs. The ship is magnificently decorated in fantastic colors and paintings. The lay out is very convenient and it only took us a short time learn our way around the vessel. The ships cruise director and staff are the life blood of the ship, they are amazing and enthusiastic personalities that kept the ship rocking. The house band and Reflection Orchestra covered all bases, from jazz to rock to pop, to hip hop.. The nightly shows are extremely entertaining with a variety of well known celebrities performing. They are not to be missed. The food in both the cafeteria and main dining rooms were beyond superb. The culinary staff pride themselves on great variety, preparation presentation, and product quality . They delivered on all counts.. The bars are located all around the ship, and each has a different theme with bartenders that know how to keep you happy. We loved the daily addresses by the ships Greek Captain. He exudes leadership, command. competence and humor. As first time cruisers, we felt very safe and secure with him at the helm. Lastly the weather gods were with us. We had 10 days of sunshine and 80 degree temperatures. We are certainly looking forward to my next cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
The ship was beautiful, the staff was outstanding, our room was very nice. However I felt there was too many bars and not enough entertainment between 600pm and 900pm. Most of the nightly activities and fun stuff occurred after 10:00pm. ... Read More
The ship was beautiful, the staff was outstanding, our room was very nice. However I felt there was too many bars and not enough entertainment between 600pm and 900pm. Most of the nightly activities and fun stuff occurred after 10:00pm. And when you have to get up early for tours, it's just to late. I'm only 49, so it's not like I typically go to bed early, but I wish there was more offered in entertainment. I'm getting used to ships really wowing me shows and great venues with other options. It was a let down. I only had 2 shore excursions booked with Celebrity and one was just really a transfer in Sicily and the other tour I booked was cancelled by Celebrity for Athens so I took an alternate tour. It wasn't too good! I wish Celebrity had informed me before I left that the tour was cancelled and I would have booked a better alternative, as the Celebrity tour was pretty bad. It went to the Acropolis and the stadium and it was a 2 minute photo op at the stadium and the tour guide wasn't too good. And we ended up leaving our guide at the Acropolis since he was that bad. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
The sailing experience is excellent is excellent and the food generally good. The cabins are fine apart from those trulydreadful red pictures on the walls,They must have a bought a job lot.All their ships seem to have them. Why do they do ... Read More
The sailing experience is excellent is excellent and the food generally good. The cabins are fine apart from those trulydreadful red pictures on the walls,They must have a bought a job lot.All their ships seem to have them. Why do they do it when they could use nice water colour prints of the their destination ports. The one picture in our stateroom was a copy of a hair follicle illustration from a science biology book (My wifes description) The other one was Dantes Inferno I think! They are just not relaxing, which they should be. The art exhibits around the ship were tasteless and lack any flair. and the main dining room was pretty awful in comparison with many other cruise ships, Brilliance of the Seas is much more tasteful and inviting. I read your description of Soltice class ships as the loveliest affloat . I don't think so. I forgot to mention the famous lawn club.What a waste of deck space. This could be an area of tables and chairs with super large parasols. We saw nobody playing any games. We did see a few people sunbathing lying on towels. Not the place for this I think. Overall, good ships let down by poor specification of choice of decor. And another thing, some of those carpets look like they come from Carpetright!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We have cruised 8 other times but this was our first Celebrity Cruise. We were very pleased with the entire cruise and will sail Celebrity again in the future. It lives up to Modern Luxury. We arrived in Rome a day early and took a ... Read More
We have cruised 8 other times but this was our first Celebrity Cruise. We were very pleased with the entire cruise and will sail Celebrity again in the future. It lives up to Modern Luxury. We arrived in Rome a day early and took a private car service to the port, 200 Euros for 8 people. Contact Maurizio +39 380 7658365. The transfer was so smooth, we arranged for him to pick us back up as well ( we had planned to take the train). They dropped us off 30 feet from the embarkation site. After a 20 minute queue we were on ship and checking out the drink packages. If you have the Classic, you certainly can drink as much as you would like. We opted for the upgrade to Preferred ( 10.00 per person, per day) so we could experience drinks at the Martini bar and the Molectular bar. Most of the drinks at these bars were over the classic limit and we enjoyed them greatly. We felt the preferred package gave us a lot of additional options and was well worth the money.. Food next, the food in general was far superior to other cruise lines we have traveled with. The buffet was excellent with great variety and quality. I heard a lady say she hated the buffet breakfast because it was the same crap every day. What more she could ask for I don't know, made to order omelets, eggs, oatmeal, pasteries, fruit, meats, cereal, pancakes, French toast, waffles, and so much more. We had one breakfast in Opus and it was very nice as well. Opus (MD) dining - we selected anytime dining and advise the staff on our first night that we would like our table for 8, every night at 7, this allowed they to give us the same table and staff each night. The food here was of superior quality and if you could not find something you liked, you just were not trying. Lobster night is the second formal night and after 3 of the entrees, I had to give up. The drink package works well here as well, it provides a greater selection of wines and liquors. Speciality dining - We were told you had to book the package prior to arrival and that is incorrect. The dining staff will sell you the package on the ship as well ( important to know if you have a on board credit, as if you book prior to sailing, you will pay for that prior to getting on the boat). The 4 restaurant package was 139 per person and the 5 restaurant package was 159, this cuts the additional cost down to under 35.00 per person, per meal. I would do this again, but if you are not a "foodie" the food in Opus is excellent and you can have great meals without any additional charges. Tuscan Grill - Excellent pasta and steaks, Chocolate fondue Murano- French inspired, Top quality service, lobster prepared table side, ask to see the $4,000 bottle of wine. Lawn Club - you can help prepare here or have they do it for you, think backyard barbeque. We opted to make our own flat bread pizzas and I had the best ribeye ever, with shrimp and scallops as well, Save room for the Chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. Qusine, Best dinner ever. You select tapas size entrees from an I pad and they come out in courses, fun, quirky, excellent food and unique desserts. Porch - excellent salads, and sandwichs ( $7 additional) Bistro - crepes, salads, ($7 additional) If you are not a coffee drinker, still stop by the coffee shop on 5, the entire cake and pasty cabinet is free and they have a nice selection of cookies there as well. Indulgence - this is sold as a quirky party from 10:30 - 12:30 and they have a lot of speciality foods and drinks at the open bar, some music and other entertainment. 45.00 per person, there were only about 50 guests at the party with about 30 entertainers, so it would have been more fun with a larger crowd, we enjoyed it, however as the evening wound down, it became more a party for the entertainers. Given the price, I would skip it in the future. Overall the ship was clean and well cared for, the staff was very friendly and professional, it was a little hard to find chairs on sea days, but they did turn over pretty quick, be out early if its important for you to be somewere special. Im not a fan of main theater shows but I thought the entertainment was far above par, the singers, ventrioligst, and dancers were very entertaining. We looked forward to going after the first couple days. We selected a 7AM disembarkment, hoping to meet our driver at 8AM, however the Reflection crew was way too efficient and they released us off the ship at 7:00 exactly and after picking up our luggage, we were in the parking lot by 7:15. We would recommend this cruise highly. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Traveling with 3000 of my best friends and only visiting ports, is not exactly what I call authentic "travel," and as such, I don't normally label myself a fan of cruising. But I must admit -- Celebrity Reflection did not ... Read More
Traveling with 3000 of my best friends and only visiting ports, is not exactly what I call authentic "travel," and as such, I don't normally label myself a fan of cruising. But I must admit -- Celebrity Reflection did not give me much to complain about. When it comes to travel, I normally prefer getting beyond the touristy "surface." But if you're going to visit the Greek Isles anyway, a cruise is certainly a lovely way to go about it -- I mean, you're kind of there to take in the "surface" anyway. Celebrity Reflection was a beautiful ship, with lovely staff and lovely staterooms. Here's what I found to be worth sharing: GUEST PASSENGERS -- I thought Celebrity Reflection attracted a lovely group of travelers. I particularly enjoyed the cross-section -- we had all ages, older travelers, children (but not too, too many!), teens, some families, some couples, some singles, some Americans (but not too, too many!), and travelers from all over the world. CONCIERGE CLASS -- a waste of money. Celebrity does a great job boarding and disembarking guests, so you don't really need any special privileges. The late afternoon snacks delivered to our room were unimpressive and "silly." Besides which, we could get whatever we wanted whenever we wanted it from the upstairs buffet anyway. The stateroom was lovely (and I loved the bed and bedding), but it is my understanding that all rooms are the same? LIVE ENTERTAINMENT-- absolutely much, much better than I ever expected -- I was truly impressed. BREAKFAST - Our favorite thing was room service. The coffee was delicious and tasted even better on our balcony with a view. Sometimes we even got up early for the sunrise. Now that's vacation! BUFFET LUNCH -- Exactly what you'd expect from a large ship -- plentiful, crowded, chaotic, and with cafeteria style food. I was glad we often missed it while out on excursions. But it was fun being able to hop in there for a late afternoon ice cream cone, and they certainly did do a lovely job our last day "at sea." DINNERS -- a little disappointing, but fine. I found the dinner seating times very constricting, and I was sorry we didn't do the "flex" seating (we tried to change it, but it was already booked). Our server lacked personality, the sommelier was a little hard to flag down, and service overall was very rushed. Tables were rather close together. We often were into our second course by the time the wine showed up. The food was good to very good, but never excellent (at least not by NYC standards). We ate at Tuscan one night, which had a lovely ambiance but the food wasn't much superior to the main dining room. We were sorry we hadn't tried Murano, b/c we heard that one was much better. POOL AREA - disappointing. The pools were small and crowded and not refreshing. Frustrating when returning from a hot day of touring. The deck areas were SO crowded, you had to climb onto your lounge chair just to get onto it. Our lounge chairs were LITERALLY touching our neighbors (strangers) and there was nothing we could do about it. Not very relaxing. BEVERAGE PACKAGE -- This was a great package, and the wines were "fine," but many of the mixed drinks, especially by the pool, had barely any alcohol -- very watered down. On the other hand, if you asked for extra booze, you got it. PORTS: It was hard to get good information, if you want to get beyond the touristy. Ephesus -- We enjoyed visiting the ruins, and the tour guide they provided was fantastic. We did not think Mary's house was worth the detour (and I left feeling very skeptical that she was ever really there). The extra shopping/snack stop to the "Emporivm" [sic] was artificial and annoying, and we also blew off the carpet demonstration. I would have loved it if our cruise advisors could have given us better tips for maybe an authentic Turkish lunch without a tourist scene. Note: If you choose not to do an excursion, do consider getting off the ship to explore a bit. If you get beyond the shops that border the periphery of the ship, there are actually some lovely coastline beaches, walks, and eateries. I wish I had known about them in advance. I would have chosen to have lunch by the sea. Taormina -- We did the ground transportation, which was a good idea, since we learned there is really no other convenient way to get there. Taormina was nice, but extremely crowded. What can you do. (But I do recommend sampling the local treats: arancini rice balls, granita ices, and the best damn cannoli I've ever had.) Athens -- We enjoyed visiting the Acropolis, but loathed the touristy Plaka neighborhood, with its tchochkes and crap. Fortunately (and no thanks to any information provided by Celebrity), we ventured, on our own, outside of that neighborhood and got to see more of the real Athens. We found a few great neighborhoods (like Monastiraki) and had a great lunch at Athinaikon in Syntagma. Santorini -- To get to Fira (midway up) and to the top -- Oia (the famous picturesque village )-- is not easy. We took a boat to a bus to get to Oia, and then the bus back down to Fira. From there, we skipped the one-hour wait for the cable car, and walked down (with trepidation) the slippery steps instead (about 25 minutes). I think that was the right option among not very good options. Had a great lunch of grilled fish at Arcobalerio, Fira. Rhodes -- First we toured the old town and did some shopping. We also visited the synagogue and museum (again, no thanks to Celebrity who never even mentioned it). Then we took a cab and spent the afternoon at a beautiful beach. We ended up spending half as much money than if we had done it through Celebrity's excursions. Naples -- Since we'd already been to the Amalfi Coast (and to Pompeii), we stayed in Naples, but rather than do any excursions, we just spent the day walking the city. We went up to the top and saw the scenic view. We went out for famous Neopolitan pizza. We got beyond the shoreline eateries (which is sadly all that Celebrity's "experts" recommend).     Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We were guests on board the Celebrity Reflection, a Mediterranean cruise, from June 13th through June 23, 2014. We were on the Concierge Level, deck 10, room 1142. Our initial " investment" for this cruise was $4,081.00. Our ... Read More
We were guests on board the Celebrity Reflection, a Mediterranean cruise, from June 13th through June 23, 2014. We were on the Concierge Level, deck 10, room 1142. Our initial " investment" for this cruise was $4,081.00. Our excursions ran $790.00, bringing our pre cruise price to $4,871.00. Now please add 25.00 per day for 10 days gratuities, $160.00 for SODA, and our grand total became $5,281.00, without incidentals and of course, airfare. First, I would like to address our "Concierge" stateroom. This was our 40th wedding anniversary celebratory cruise. We came with a group of seven in total. The other couples were in rooms 6159 and 6157. Their rooms were adequate in size, had a balcony, and to be honest, were the same as ours, but for less money. We were told that the Concierge level had "many perks" and since this was an anniversary present to each other, we went for the extra expense; however, that was not quite true. We came on board just like any other passenger. There was a bottle of champagne in our room, we asked the stewart to change it to sparking water, as my husband has a heart problem and cannot consume alcohol with the medication he takes. It took three days and many conversations with him to receive three small bottles of sparkling water. We never saw our stewart except passing in the hall, and as silly as it may seem, our friends had cute little towel animals on their bed each night, we did not. The canapés and fruit left daily were obtained from the buffet and were NOTHING I WOULD CONSIDER SPECIAL for the Concierge level, as I could have obtained them myself from the buffet. There weren't any special clubs, restaurants, meeting rooms, cocktail parties, or special sun-decks dedicated to this level of cruising. There wasn't even a discount for the astronomical pricing of the internet, .75 per minute! My advise, DON'T Upgrade! Your not in the room much anyway! The next thing I would like to address is the way Celebrity excursions rushes the guests through an excursion so that the customers can be deposited into town to spend their money on souvenirs. Please don't get me wrong, I know it is your choice to shop, or not, and believe me I enjoyed shopping; however, I did not enjoy rushing through the excursions to this end. In Ephesus, (which was the destination that determined which Mediterranean trip we took) we practically ran up the hill to the Blessed Mothers House. We were given 15 minutes to explore the premises and 45min for shopping. IF shopping excursions are built into every tour Then the actual tour should be extending to provide adequate time to really see what you are paying to see, as the excursions are NOT cheap! Next, I would like to address the dining options. In the cost of the cruise, you have two options, Buffet and Dining Room. However there are SIX specialty restaurants on board each costing approximately $100.00 each. Frankly I found it insulting that after my initial cruise price I need to spend another $100.00 for each restaurant to try a "specialty" one on board! Yes, it is your choice to attend or not, but honestly it is a little much. The dining room options for dinner were mediocre, the buffet was actually much better ;( we were hard pressed to find something on the dining room menu that we liked! Our soda package was $160.00, my advise, pay as you go if you aren't bringing kids. We waited a VERY LONG TIME For a soda and couldn't possibly have consumed that much soda! Waste of money! Which brings me to lunch. Lunch is served until 2 PM. If you are out on an excursion and get back after that, you are out of luck. Yes, you can pay for lunch as the Porch IS open till 3, or you can get a hamburger or hot dog, but the buffet is closed. Which brings me to show times and entertainment... There are 2 shows nightly. If you have a 6:00 dinner seating, you need to be done by 7:15 in order to attend the early show. If you have a late seating you need to be finished with dinner by 9:15, that means you have to consume your dinner in 1/2 hour! The Reflection staple entertainers were fantastic. They did three shows during our stay. There was a violinist (?) a ventriloquist (?) and a comedian. Not the type of entertainment we thought we would be seeing. There are musicians playing in small area on the boat but VERY small dance floors. Casino was packed each night. Having traveled extensively and cruised on other cruise lines, I feel Celebrity needs to compare itself to other cruise lines and what they offer their guests; especially in a class described as Concierge level. I have to say, this was my first Celebrity cruise and I was very disappointed.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed on the Celebrity Reflection for an eleven night Eastern Mediterranean cruise in May, 2014. We also tried out Aqua Class. All in all, the cruise was excellent. Our cabin was on the 12th floor, right below the pool deck. This did ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Reflection for an eleven night Eastern Mediterranean cruise in May, 2014. We also tried out Aqua Class. All in all, the cruise was excellent. Our cabin was on the 12th floor, right below the pool deck. This did not lead to any extra noise. We were on the bump, so the balcony was a bit larger. The cabin was nice, and not really all that different from a normal balcony cabin. One notable exception was the shower, which sprayed water out at you from the side if you wanted it to. The main attraction of Aqua class is that you eat in Blu. This is a nice restaurant, with good food and good service. They did struggle a bit with vegetarian options for my wife, but I was in steak heaven! You also get access to the Persian Garden, which was nice but not overly special. Was Aqua Class worth the extra money? Yes, it was. However, I am sure I would have enjoyed the cruise just as much without it. I would say—go for it if you want to treat yourself, but you will be fine if you decide not to. On the issue of upgrades, it has become more overt that Celebrity (as with other cruise lines) is trying to monetize every inch of the ship. There are lots of places to pay extra for food, cabanas for rent, etc… Still, everything that has always been included is still included, so you can just ignore all of this and have a great time. The entertainment was some of the best I can remember on a cruise. Normally, I have trouble staying awake when there is just a bunch of singing and dancing. Not on this cruise! The shows were great, with great music (although I wonder if I am just “aging” into the primary passenger demographic!). The comedian, Steve Caouette, was funny. The solo singer, Jayne Curry, was excellent! The singers, dancers and associated acts were terrific. The ports were interesting on this cruise. Our first stop was Santorini and we took the ship’s tour that went to Oia before dropping us in the main town. This excursion was mainly transportation—tender early off the boat, bus to Oia, stop at a winery, and then drop us in the main town with a cable car ticket to get down to the tender back. Fine with me. I just want to see Oia with its cliff-side white and blue buildings. We took some great pictures. Back in the main town (Thira), we poked around, and had dinner watching the sunset over the caldera. Next was a day and a half in Istanbul. We hired a private guide as we wanted to see all the main sites as well as some of the Jewish ones. We found Yusuf BarDavid (bardavid73@gmail.com), who took us all around and was very nice to spend the day with. We ended the first day with a cruise up the Bosporus, which was delightful. One tip for Istanbul—when you get in a taxi, point at the meter and have them turn it on. On two occasions the driver refused and quoted us a high price. We just got out and found another cab. In Ephesus we took a ship’s tour of the ruins, including the apartments, which was all interesting. It was pretty cool to see the Library of Celsius. In Mykonos we were on our own and just walked around, shopped and ate. Another very pretty Greek island. In Athens we took a ship’s tour of the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, and well as some free time on the Plaka. Again—very cool to be at the Parthenon. Our last port was Naples, where we took the ship’s tour to Capri. For first timers, I would recommend Pompeii, but we had already been there a few years ago. Capri was very pretty, with shopping and eating. Celebrity did its usual excellent job, and this was a fantastic trip.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Lovely extremely clean ship. We had 8:45 dinner seating for 2 . All the dinners were great! The service in the main dining room took our dining pleasure to another level. Our waiter I believe his name was Nadik and the assistant were ... Read More
Lovely extremely clean ship. We had 8:45 dinner seating for 2 . All the dinners were great! The service in the main dining room took our dining pleasure to another level. Our waiter I believe his name was Nadik and the assistant were incredible. We also purchased the 5 specialty dining package and loved the atmosphere offered as well as the food. A huge shout out to Author and Oliver who went out of their way to talk to me and make me smile! The room we had was on the Aft end of ship balcony. The room was clean,well appointed and so lovely. My cabin stewards were so kind and helpful. The entertainment at night was decent,with a show time for early and late diners. The ports of call were dream ports. What really made this cruise was the service. There is great service but this was beyond. Somehow each and every crew member took me in and made me a part of their intimate family. The crew were never intrusive or fake,yet they were always there with a kind word,some great advice,or inquiring what it was that made our trip. I have to give a huge shout out to the Captain who lead by example and created a team no other can compare to. The pleasantness of the crew was contagious. Also I always felt in competent hands. We had some severe weather on one excursion. In the emergency situation the crew took things very seriously and did everything they could to get us safely back on the boat,while offering warm dry towels to dry off and hot cocoa. I know there will never be a ship or a cruise that will compare to this one. Everyone should experience a cruise so wonderful ! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
The latest Solstice Class ship from Celebrity is beautiful in appearance, but with some design flaws which Celebrity considers to be improvements. The service by the crew is extraordinary as is the food in the dining room and other ... Read More
The latest Solstice Class ship from Celebrity is beautiful in appearance, but with some design flaws which Celebrity considers to be improvements. The service by the crew is extraordinary as is the food in the dining room and other venues. There is really no need to use the many extra pay dining options unless one wants to be treated like a king and enjoy really fantastic cuisine. Definitely celebrate a special occasion in one of these. The entertainment is above average for a cruise ship with the cast giving their all in their performances. There is a problem with the choice of performances the company has chosen to present. They are (2 of the 3) not age appropriate and would be more suited to crowds in their early 20s rather than the older crowds on the ship. Hip hop and rap type songs just do not fit the elegance of the ship. Also, the music was so loud that it hurt the ears. Again the singers, dancers, and other artists gave excellent performances. Celebrity saw fit to add additional cabins to the design found in the other Solstice ships with the following effects: 1. The Grand Foyer dance floor across from guest relations is 12 to 15 feet shorter than on the other ships. 2. The main dining room is smaller in length by a matching 12 to 15 feet. 3. The new Reflection Suite has reduced the size of the Sky Lounge by 50 %. This is where the Elite and above passengers meet for drinks before dinner. 4. The Gym is smaller (by 50%) to make room for a larger Persian Garden rooms. The warm up room is tiny. 5. An improvement is that the discotheque is gone (I have never seen it being used by more than 6 people on the other ships) and has been replaced by moving the conference rooms to that spot. 6. The Lawn Club is smaller and now has a charge for usage as do the swinging, curtained chairs in the solarium area. 7. If the urge for a hot dog or a hamburger strikes you, then head to the Mast Grill on deck 15. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I suppose its partly the people you choose to travel with, or the people you meet along the way and spend time with, but I can't imagine a better travel experience. Getting onboard was fast and uncomplicated; it took less than 10 ... Read More
I suppose its partly the people you choose to travel with, or the people you meet along the way and spend time with, but I can't imagine a better travel experience. Getting onboard was fast and uncomplicated; it took less than 10 minutes! Perhaps because the ship began early in the morning and we arrived around 3 pm (sailing at 5), there were no lines at all. Our room attendant, Ermolindo, was absolutely wonderful and always smiling and attentive to our every need. The room was always spotless (as much as it could be, with two women traveling with all our product and clothing and shoes!) We purchased a drink package so there would be no surprises on our room bill at the end, which we felt was definitely worth the cost. The onboard activities were varied and we were never bored; we played in trivia contests, a ping-pong tournament, a "baggo" competition (a game we've always known as "Cornhole"), and air hockey. There are activities for every taste and inclination. The pool area was only crowded on one day, but we still were able to find two loungers next to each other on the upper deck. The specialty restaurants -- which inexplicably were free to us every time -- were unbelievable. My favorite was Qsine, which serves food in a fun and different way. Every dish was perfection. Blu, the restaurant especially reserved for Aqua Class Suite guests, was delicious, for both breakfast and dinner. The hosts were the very picture of welcoming charm, Arturo especially. He truly made us feel like celebrities. It amazes me that within a couple of days, the various personnel knew us by name -- either they're awesome or we're *really* memorable:) We only tried the cafeteria-style dining room a couple of times for a quick lunch; the food was good, but crowding and competing with other cruisers for the various food stations was not my cup of tea. I was very glad to have Blu! We also tried the Opus, the main dining room, with our new crowd of (8) friends. The service, atmosphere, and food were all excellent there as well. Tip: if you can't find what you want on the menu, just ask. They will bring it! The entertainment staff was so far above what I've previously experienced cruising (I'm admittedly inexperienced -- only one prior cruise, on Princess in Alaska; my roommate agreed, having cruised previously several times on Carnival) that there was no comparison. The shows are just great. The comedians were very funny and worked well with the crowd. There were several theme dance parties too, such as 80's night; the ship's website said there would be a 70's party and a 50's party, which didn't happen (somewhat disappointingly), but the dances they had were a lot of fun, with a lot of people up and dancing. Getting on and off the boat for excursions was also easy; we only waited in line for the first one, and that was because we had an early meeting time for the excursion, so had to be off the ship in the first group. I really can't say enough good things about this beautiful ship and the excellent staff, and will definitely cruise Celebrity again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Just got back from the September 30, 2013 sailing of the Celebrity Reflection. We traveled with 2 other couples. Our 12th cruise but our first time on celebrity. It was a fantastic 11 night cruise to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The ship ... Read More
Just got back from the September 30, 2013 sailing of the Celebrity Reflection. We traveled with 2 other couples. Our 12th cruise but our first time on celebrity. It was a fantastic 11 night cruise to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The ship still looks new. We actually celebrated the ships 1 year anniversary on our cruise. The entire staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We ate at the Tuscan Grill and Qsine. Both were excellent. Be careful though how you order though in Qsine. You can eat till you explode. They give a lot of food. Our waitress made our dining experience fantastic. We were a little disappointed though in the quality of the food in the main dining room. We would say it was between fair to good. We were surprised since we always heard how good the food was on celebrity. They served a lot of lamb. The fish tasted a little fishy and the steaks were not the best. The portions were a good size though. We had an excellent waiter and assistant waiter also. We enjoyed the aqua spa almost every day for a lighter/healthier breakfast. Only thing we did not like was being charged extra for the yogurt. We did visit the Martini Bar almost every day. 100 types of vodka. Had some good drinks. Also had good drinks at the molecular bar. I did the behind the scenes tour (cost of $150). If your interested in the navigation bridge, engine room, galley, and crew accommodations, then sign up for this. Only 16 people allowed. I signed up as soon as I got on board. Enjoyed the casino. Only played bingo once and it has gotten real expensive. Not very crowded. Past cruises it was always crowded and was held in the main theater. This was held in the smaller room. The cruise director and staff were very good. The shows were ok except for the last show which was like a cirque du soleil. It was fantastic. Had an early flight, so we kept our luggage and we were off the ship by 6:30am. In Santorini, we went out on our own. Most us us took the gondola up except for 1 friend who wanted the exercise and walked up. It took him maybe 5 extra minutes and he enjoyed the walk. Took a taxi to Oia which was no problem. Getting back was another problem. We could not hale a taxi. When they would drive by, they said they would take us back but would then pick up another fare. We finally had to take the public bus back. I would suggest that you set up with the taxi driver that takes you up there to take you back. Had a great dinner at The Sphinx restaurant which was recommended by the captain. We overlooked the cruise ship and it was an unforgettable sunset. Did our own private tour of Istanbul the first day. Had a very knowledgeable tour guide. Very historic as were most of the places we went. Ate lunch and dinner at local restaurants. The 2nd day we did the Bosphorus day cruise trough the ship since we wanted to make sure we were back for the early afternoon sailing. Did another private tour in Kusadasi. Had another great tour guide. Ephesus was unbelievable. My wife thought she would be board but she enjoyed every bit of it. Make sure you see the 7 house dwelling. Had lunch at a private farm house and it was also very good. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Mykonos, we did our own thing again. Took a taxi to the beach and ate lunch at a restaurant there. By eating at this restaurant they let us use the lounge chairs at the beach. Another private tour in Athens and another good driver/guide. Ate lunch at a local restaurant recommended by our tour guide. In Naples, did a tour through the ship. We wanted to see Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii. Our friends spent time there before the cruise started, so we did not want to do a private tour for the 2 of us so we went with the ships tour. We knew it was going to be rushed this way. Spent only an hour and a half in Capri. Would like to go back though. Really liked Sorrento. The lunch that was provided was so so. Pompeii was also very interesting. Had to sit through a 5 minute presentation at a cameo making store. It was a little hard to understand the guide through the wireless headphones though. A long day with the 10 hour tour.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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